Hitman

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Martin Scorsese’s The Departed barely touched on his story. Now radio talk show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of gangster Johnny Martorano in Hitman.

For two decades Martorano struck fear into anyone even remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty mob murders—for which Johnny would serve twelve years in prison. Carr also looks at the ...

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Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano: Whitey Bulger's Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld

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Overview

Martin Scorsese’s The Departed barely touched on his story. Now radio talk show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of gangster Johnny Martorano in Hitman.

For two decades Martorano struck fear into anyone even remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty mob murders—for which Johnny would serve twelve years in prison. Carr also looks at the politicians and FBI agents who aided Johnny and Whitey, and at the flamboyant city of Boston which Martorano so ruthlessly ruled.

A plethora of paradoxes, Johnny Martorano was Mr. Mom by day and man-about-town by night. Surrounded by fast-living politicians, sports celebrities, and show biz entertainers, Johnny was charismatically colorful—as charming as he was frightening. After all, he was, in the end…a hitman.

The paperback edition of Howie Carr’s riveting true-crime story includes a new epilogue detailing Whitey Bulger’s dramatic June 2011 capture.

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“Howie Carr weaves a frightening tale of unlawful conduct, and it’s all true!”
—Bill O’Reilly on Hitman

“The indictments of mobster-mangled Boston continue to rain down in Howie Carr’s superb new true-crime book, Hitman. It’s horrifying, it’s deadpan shocking, it’s a brilliant treatise on criminal psychopathy, and a portrait of a city defined and subverted by hoodlums run amok. Read this book—it will grab you, garrotte you, and leave you gasping for breath.”
—James Ellroy, bestselling author of American Tabloid and L.A. Confidential

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765332394
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 348,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Howie Carr

Howie Carr is a columnist for the Boston Herald. He wrote The Brothers Bulger, which spent eleven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and the New York Times bestseller Hitman. Carr hosts a daily four-hour radio talk show syndicated throughout New England. In 1985, Carr won a National Magazine Award, and in 2008 he was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame. Carr lives in suburban Boston with his wife and their three daughters.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Winter Hill Organization Circa 1975 11

Prologue: Miami 2008 15

1 "Always Be a Man" 33

2 Apprentice Gangster 44

3 Gang War 82

4 The Animal Flips 109

5 Bwana Johnny 137

6 The Winter Hill Gang 167

7 Indian War 209

8 Glory Days 239

9 The Bubble Bursts 279

10 The Fugitive 303

11 The Last Hit 334

12 "You Can't Rat on a Rat" 396

Epilogue 445

Where Are They Now 455

Index 459

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Excellent, Highly Recommended!

    I read this on my Nook over vacation. It's a great book, I couldn't put it down. All of the pictures are viewable on the Nook. Hitman is an amazing account of the true nature of the Boston Underworld and it's characters. As cold and calculating as Johnny could be, he lived by his own "code of honor", and didn't betray anyone who had not already betrayed him. You'll learn how Whitey and Stevie managed to commit crime after crime including multiple murders, and stay on the streets for so long. And how Johnny managed to "supervise" things in Boston while living in Florida. How the heartless and selfserving behavior of the people in the Boston FBI office is as criminal as that of underworld characters they were supposed to be managing. I highly recommend this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Hitman: A Tale of the Detestable, Corrupt and the Low Lifes Of Boston

    Hitman by Howie Carr is a well written, finely detailed treatise on the life and times of Johnny Martorano and his association with the thugs of the Winter Hill Gang.

    The gang, led by Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi, used murder, extortion and blackmail to gain traction and control crime in Boston in the late 1900's.

    As bad as they were (and they were plenty bad), of special note was their compromise of willing police and federal officials who aided and actively protected the gang in their every endeavor. FBI agents and police officers, whom we trust to protecting the public, became willing and even ambitious tools of the gang. Prompted by their unquenchable greed and total eagerness to be corrupted, they spared no effort to help, warn and protect Bulger and his cronies from every threat of public scrutiny, regardless of who led it, including agents of the so called free press.

    Working with their FBI helpers, Bulger et al murdered anyone who stood in their way and if they couldn't eliminate them with guns they framed them for jail including four petty crooks who served 30+ years of incarceration for a crime they didn't commit.

    During this time, Bulger and Flemmi protected themselves from federal authorities by becoming informants for the FBI, i.e. rats. Their reports helped the FBI eliminate the criminal competition and protect their own derrieres.

    While this was going on, there existed an environment of total corruption within government circles. "Jobs" were arranged via political influence and people were paid for not showing up for work. Being on the take and being crooked became a badge of honor.

    Corrupt police, federal and public officials retired from their jobs with pensions and were rewarded with well paying "security" positions with large public and private companies. For them, crime definitely paid.

    Howie Carr does an excellent job of describing the felony plagues world of Boston, often detailing events that help paint a vivid picture of this laughably sad and twisted situation.

    Hitman is an interesting read but leaves one disappointed and disillusioned with the depth of corruption in public life. It demonstrates depravity of these men, their many enablers and their acceptance by the body-politic. Hitman screams out the question: "if this happened 20-30 years ago, has the Boston situation changed? For that matter, is any city any different?" The assumed answer is no.

    One final word for the reader: Carr describes all the actors in this sordid tale...and there are a lot of them. Many have similar sounding names. The reader would do well to keep a written score card of who is who so as not to confuse the really bad guys from the abominable.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

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    A Good Read -- from Bestselling Author of THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS and THE HITMAN'S WOMAN

    This was an interesting read about an underworld hitman, his life and times, and associates on both sides of law. Recommended. -- from R. Barri Flowers, bestselling author of true crime book, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, and thriller novel, THE HITMAN'S WOMAN, under pen name, Devon Vaughn Archer

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Hitman Hits Home

    When I was reading this book I could actually see the faces of some of the players. Living on WInter Hill I have expeianced some of the actions in this book the legal ones only. Great reading. Thanks Howie Carr

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Unbelievable reading

    My very first nook reading. The book captured my attention immediately. I shook my head so many times at the thought of Martoranos firing off round after round into the head of so many people. I was thinking was Johnny a coward by shooting one from behind while seated in the death seat (front passenger) or was it standard practice . If its standard practice why would anyone sit in that seat knowing Johnnys sitting behind them. Could never figure that out. Hey Johnny if we ever go for coffee , lets take a cab. We can both sit in the back.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2011

    Another good one by Howie!

    Posted 9/18/2011: But here are some questions for Howie: 1) Did one of the principals in this case have a child with leukemia from Woburn who was enrolled in a bone marrow treatment program in the 1960s run by the federal government, the child written off and bounced around in state care and later targeted because they were used as collateral against one of the parties in this case? 2) Was a base setup in an apartment of a childhood survivor of the Woburn case without their knwoledge and used to conduct clandestine suppression efforts from 1996 onward involving federal and even allied foreign government agents? 3) Why was one of the childhood survivors given a check for $1500 and a one way ticket to Paris by a mysterious woman who traveled without notice and with no contact information pretending to be the survivor's girlfriend? Why was a calling circle and more phone tampering done in the man's apartment involving her and associates and a man from TN claiming to be a construction worker yet actually using a Verizon truck while Bill Weld was governor, backed by Verizon and a former Justice Management official? 4) Was Sister Ledger of Woburn in the 1960s a CIA operative responsible for many medical and other records disappearing relevant to the Bulger case and child victims in the Woburn water case of the 1960s?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    soso

    This book was slow and reveals nothing new to the saga of the Boston Mob or police curruption

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

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    Awful.

    Awful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    My only qualms with Howie Carr's book is a tendency to want to m

    My only qualms with Howie Carr's book is a tendency to want to make Johnny Martorano seem not so bad. As a family man, he was a great father and provider. But that doesn't discount he is also a killer -- and murdered a close friend of his, at that. The book is compelling, and doesn't gloss over the FBI corruption and its collateral damage in New England. It does get a little hard to follow because nobody can keep up with every single person mentioned, and I think in some places an overview is better. Less is more, you know? Otherwise, a very well written, riveting account from the perspective of The Hitman. I think it would be more honest to say the book is written from his perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Jordan

    (Oh... you're a cannibal...) Now listen here. I'm not gonna take any sh<_>it from you so just back off.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 7, 2013

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    Sleeps

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    Posted August 12, 2013

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    Posted August 12, 2013

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    Posted August 15, 2013

    To silence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Silence

    *smiled and hugged him.* You're so sweet. ((Igtg lunch and get ready for a baby shower tomorrow. :/ I'll see you later today or tomorrow. *kisses.*))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 12, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

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    I have to quit RP. Bye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Serene

    *she walks in in tight black jean-like leggings and a black tank top with a black leather jacket*...*the door tinkered close and she looked around taking her shades off*.....*her warm brown eyes found the cot that Beyond died on*....*she walk to it and sits down on the edge*....*her curly black hair falls over her shoulderd as she closes her eyes and put her head in her hands wishing that her friend was here* *tears stream down her cheeks as she sits there*

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    This is the story of Johnny Martorano (Whitey Bulger’s hit

    This is the story of Johnny Martorano (Whitey Bulger&rsquo;s hit man), his life story. But it is also the story of Jimmy &ldquo;the Bear&rdquo; the Bennett brothers, Stevie Flemmi, Nicky Femia, Barboza, Indian Al, and the entire history of the gang, mob, mafia wars of Boston from 1959 into the 90&rsquo;s. This is a tale of bargains made with the other gangs, hits gone wrong (and right), informants, crooked cops, politicians and FBI agents. And it tells the story of how it all fell apart. As Johnny explains, it doesn&rsquo;t count if you rat on a rat. And Whitey Bulger was a big rat. This doesn&rsquo;t glamorize the Mafia, or the gangland battles, this book tells the truth frankly with no glossing over the details of the innocents accidently killed in botched (or successful) hits. Loyalty is a fleeting thing. In this world it can be a brief as the space between one sentence and the next. I received this book for review purposes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Hey Howie, you have to tell the full story. You left out the all

    Hey Howie, you have to tell the full story. You left out the alleged son of Whitey Bulger in Woburn who was discarded by his prostitute mother ,written off to die with leukemia. Deal made with Feds, child lived but not never left alone. He suffers to this day being followed, phone tapped, strange calls, offers to fly him one way out of the United States, job opportunities thwarted, women sent to entice him to no good, video rental records seized and analyzed and physicians trying to commit him to a physicatrict hospital. This guy has a movie script that's gone to hollywood was under review, accepted by a major player, . then someone dropped a dime and it was all over.

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